The Sawtooth Mountains at Stanley, Idaho. Photo by Ralph Maughan. June 2006. Will wolf delisting in the Northern Rockies allow the state of Idaho to wipe out all the wolves in the scenic area where the public can actually see them?
Idaho has 650 or so wolves. The state’s vast backcountry and wildlife resources have allowed wolves to prolifterate more than in Wyoming and Montana. There is no
good evidence these wolves have reduced Idaho’s elk herds, but the very modest recovery goal set by the Idaho wolf plan would allow the state to reduce the the wolf population to about a dozen packs, which would be from 60 to about 150 wolves. Idaho has done a good job managing wolves until now, but Idaho’s Fish and Game Comission and the state’s political leadership (which went backwards in time with the last election) doesn’t like wolves.